Outstanding attendance and punctuality are key to your child’s learning - to ensure that the best possible progress and attainment levels are achieved.
The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. There are 13 weeks of non-school time throughout the year and this is the time during which holidays must be taken. Permission to take a child out of school during term time must be sought in advance and must be for ‘exceptional circumstances’.
If the Head teacher refuses your request and the child is still taken out of school, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and may make you liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice fine. Any absences in term time will be rigorously followed up by the attendance officer and home visits will be made. This may result in a referral to the Education Welfare Officer.
Please also note that any absence leading up to the start of a school holiday, or following directly on from a school holiday, will be deemed as term time leave, unless evidence is provided. This also may result in a referral to the Education Welfare Officer.
If you have older children who attend secondary school you should remember to check their term dates before you book a holiday as term dates do not always coincide.
When booking routine medical and dental appointments every effort must be made to book appointments out of school hours. Evidence will be required in advance of the appointment.